The ideas below were taken from an innovative kids' environmental education program in Nikoo international school. It is very nice to see kids in the 21st century adopting an environmentally friendly lifestyle in early life!
Precycle. Try to reduce waste before it becomes waste by buying in bulk, only buying what you need, favoring less packaging, using things longer and using them up, sharing resources, etc. Initiating discussions about purchases before they're made (like at the grocery store, for example) is a great way to get kids interested in the idea of recycling.
Recycle with purpose! Not all plastics are created equal, and recycling takes some degree of effort. We teach kids how to read the packaging to determine recyclability. The good thing is that if this awareness is created early in life and turned into a habit, recycling becomes a breeze!
Conserve. We teach kids how to conserve existing resources—water and food, for example. Remind them to put food back in the refrigerator and close the door. There are numerous creative ways to conserve water, food, gas, and other products once you put your mind to it.
Turn it into a game!
Use paper on both sides and make use of scrap paper. With the abundance of personal printers, this becomes very important. Young kids love to doodle; establish the habit of using the other side of printed paper.
Take shorter showers. Warm water can be so mesmerizing. A waterproof shower clock is a great environmentally conscious investment that helps your kids stop taking 40 minute showers. :)
Use non-toxic cleaners in your house and explain that these are better for the environment. You can even involve them in making natural homemade cleaners. Kids make a lot of mess, do your part to help the environment
.Use foams and aerosols based on compressed air rather than other propella
Encourage kids to learn to turn things off when not in use, especially personal computers and electronics, which consume a lot of energy! With so many things to do, it's so easy to forget to turn something off
Teach kids the importance of car maintenance and gas usage. Ask them to help you work on the car and show them how you dispose of car liquids. Help them do the math to figure out how many miles per gallon your car gets and what factors effect the car's fuel usage.
Carpool at least once a week. It's fun and environmentally friendly!
Ride bikes or walk whenever possible. This is great exercise and saves not only gas but time because you don't have to drop your kids off everywhere.
Reduce the use of petroleum-based products like plastics. Teach kids to recognize which items are made with petroleum.
Pick up and properly dispose of trash and recyclables, even if they are not yours. This is a great example of a selfless environmentally friendly act. Take the kids out into the community for a cleaning-and-recycling safari.
Inspire awareness of environmental issues. Your kids will have to face these issues during their lifetime!
Conserve hot water and reduce the water heater setting by a few degrees during summer months.
Show your children how you care for your home, ask them to inform you of leaky faucets and pipes if they see any. Have them hunt the house to discover ways to improve energy retention and reduce waste.
Use only biodegradable products—plastic bags, dishes, soaps, etc.
Volunteer for tree planting programs or creek cleanups. Seeing firsthand how much trash is in our rivers sends a powerful message for recycling.
Properly dispose of hazardous household waste. Find out if your township has a hazardous waste collection program. Properly recycle of used batteries.
If you are not already using energy-saving light bulbs, try to put them at least in your kids' rooms. These are only marginally more expensive than "old school" incandescent bulbs and practically pay for themselves by saving you money on electric bill!
Practice doing more with less. This implies enjoying the things you already have, repairing instead of replacing,
and reusing items for multiple uses. This also teaches kids how to be creative!
We talk to kids about pesticides and other garden chemicals and get their help ridding the garden of pests by hand.
Plant a tree together and we teach them all about the many ways trees benefit our environment.
and explain the importance of house insulation, especially during winter months. Ask kids to avoid keeping their windows open during the winter. Teach them how to use the thermostat, and explain that setting temperature above a certain point only wastes energy!
Use more energy-effective appliances and explain their significance to your children.
We teach them about Styrofoam. Styrofoam is virtually indestructible and poisons our oceans. If you receive a .package with Styrofoam peanuts, save them and reuse them for a craft project or some other creative use